MILFORD >> The goals kept coming – five of them in the second period alone – and the Staples-Weston-Shelton boys’ hockey team rolled to an 11-5 triumph over Stamford at Milford Ice Pavilion on Saturday.
Sameul New scored a hat-trick, and Sebastien Zeman, Ryan Johnson and Samuel Zaritsky each hit the back of the net twice for the Wreckers. Jesse Greenspun and Ryan Purgay also scored for the Staples-led team. Greenspun recorded three assists and Evan Mancini assisted on two tallies.
“The kids spread it out – they kept it moving. They kept their feet moving,” Sharinn said.
Less than a minute after Stamford made it 5-3 during a five-on-three power play, the Wreckers changed the tone of the game. Stamford still had a one man advantage but the Wreckers not only killed it off, but scored shorthanded for the first of those half-dozen goals in succession.
Following a clear, Johnson hustled to pressure a Stamford defender deep in the offensive zone, created a turnover, and slipped the puck in front for Greenspun to capitalize and make it 6-3.
Strong special teams play continued in the middle stanza. Stamford had a late second-period power play, but hard work by Gupta in the offensive zone drew a tripping call and the New scored on a rebound moments later, with 46 seconds to play in the second. Just eight seconds later, Zaritsky deposited a rebound for an 8-3 advantage.
“I think we played great. We moved the puck around well,” New said. “Offensively, everybody’s really clicking.”
Especially in the middle period when the Wreckers seized control of the game.
“We just connected on every pass in the second. That was our best period all year,” New added.
New and Sharinn noted that the team needs to tighten up defensively and cut down on opposing team scoring chances as the season unfolds. Sharinn, as pleased as he was with the victory, noted that it came against a somewhat shorthanded lineup. Stamford had only seven skaters on the bench and couldn’t hang with the Wreckers, who had three lines going strong throughout the game.
“Tonight we played against a team that I think is struggling right now – they don’t have a lot of guys,” said the coach, adding that tough games, including against Greenwich and Ridgefield, are ahead.
Even so, Sharinn liked what he saw, especially in the offensive zone, from his team, which won its fourth in its last five contests – putting together its highest-scoring performance of the season in the process.
“They were very productive today,” he understated.